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Old 11-22-2004, 11:04 PM   #1
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Well, after playing doom 3 I decided I needed a better video card. My card'* software says it'* an nVidia GeForce4 MX but the card itself has nVidia nForce2 stamped on it.. wierd.. anyway this is the card I'm looking at. let me know what you think of it!

GEFORCE 6800 LE 128MB DDR AGP8X W/ CRT, TVO, & DVI


- Powered by GeForce 6800 GPU
- Superscalar 16-pipe GPU Architecture
- 325 MHz engine Clock
- 400 MHz Memory Clock
- 0.13 Micron Process Technology
- High-Speed GDDR3 Memory Interface
- 256-Bit Memory Interface with Advanced Memory Control
- 0.13 micron process technology
- Full-Speed 32-Bit Color Precision
- AGP 8X interface
- 8 Pixels/Clock Rendering Pipeline
- NVIDIA CineFX3.0 engine
- NVIDIA UltraShadowII technology
- NVIDIA Intellisample3.0 technology
- NVIDIA High-Precision Dynamic-Range (HPDR) technology
- NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
- NVIDIA nView multi-display technology
- NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control3.0
- Dual-link DVI support
- 400MHz RAMDACs supports 2048x1536 resolution at 85Hz
- Highest DVI output up to 1600x1200 resolution
- 128-bit studio-precision computation
- Integrated full MPEG encode and decode support
- Integrated NTSC/PAL TV encoder up to 1024*768 resolution
- DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.5 optimizations and support CineFX 3.0 Engine
- Full support for MicrosoftRDirectXR9.0 Shader Model 3.0
- Produces gaming effects on par with the hottest motion pictures.
- Combined with 128-bit studio-quality color provides high precision computation and produces the resulting image with best quality
Price $258.

manufacturer'* webpage: http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_6800.html
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Old 11-22-2004, 11:14 PM   #2
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I'm more of an ATI guy myself. I have an ATI 9200 card, with 128 memory and 8x speed. Nothing special. But, I play Need For Speed Underground with the graphics turned all the way up, and it barely flinches. Think of the performance of a 9600/9800? Also, what card do you have right now?


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I'm more of an ATI guy myself. I have an ATI 9200 card, with 128 memory and 8x speed. Nothing special. But, I play Need For Speed Underground with the graphics turned all the way up, and it barely flinches. Think of the performance of a 9600/9800? Also, what card do you have right now?


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I posted what I have in the first post. anyway, I researched the ATI 9800 PRO but it didn't stack up against the 6800 by far.. I was looking at graphs and the 6800 outperformed by quite a bit. I was originally going to go with the 9800 PRO too until I stumbled across several sites comparing the two and each one came up with the same results.
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The 6800 deserves to be worshipped like a god. If you can afford it.
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here'* a comparision page for the two video cards tested on Doom3
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6104596/p-2.html

and here'* where I'm probably going to buy this card from (maybe even tonight so I can start playing doom 3.)
http://www.buyxg.com/store/item.asp?key=VC-129-131
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ugh. I can feel my wallet get suddenly slim. I just spent the money to get the card and had rush delivery on it.. I want to play ASAP. lol. I doubt it'll be here befor thanksgiving though.
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MX what? All I know is MX = crap. Stray away from them. Be sure your system is up to the task of your card. You don't want to put a $500 card in a 1.5ghz system . I recommend the graphics card to be equal to the processor price. However, if you have a cheaper graphics card than your processor [like I do], then you have more processing power, than graphic power. 2.5ghz at the very least.


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MX what? All I know is MX = crap. Stray away from them. Be sure your system is up to the task of your card. You don't want to put a $500 card in a 1.5ghz system . I recommend the graphics card to be equal to the processor price. However, if you have a cheaper graphics card than your processor [like I do], then you have more processing power, than graphic power. 2.5ghz at the very least.


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that is also in my first post...
my processor is an AMD Athlon XP2800+ 2.1 GHZ (equivalent to 2.8GHZ Pentium 4.)
and soon to be 1024 MB of Ram.
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Nothing wrong with an MX. It'* just less money. I can still play plenty of games on an MX I have at home.
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Geforce 4 MX is basically a rebadged Geforce 2 hardware with some new rendering techniques.

6800 is a good card. If you're gonna spend the money on a 9800, just go get an x800.

I still use the vernerable Geforce Ti 4200. Damn cars took my vid card money
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